Mission Canyon
by Meg Gardiner

New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, 2008. ISBN 978-0-451-22472-9.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 07/04/2008

Fiction: Thriller

"The people who are left only want to shut you up. Irrevocably," writes Meg Gardiner in her new suspense thriller, Mission Canyon. Evan Delaney finds herself in the middle of a wicked blackmail scheme after her fiancé, Jesse, is severely injured in a hit-and-run accident that leaves him partially paralyzed and his best friend Isaac dead. The suspect shows up in town three years after the crime and begins a dangerous series of events involving career criminals, assassins, cover-ups, money-laundering, and the FBI. The surviving witnesses to the crime begin turning up brutally murdered. Can Delaney solve the mystery before she, too, ends up dead?

Mission Canyon is one of those rare novels that captures your interest from page one. Gardiner brings you on a wild ride of dangerous characters, twisted and exciting plot lines, and colorful diction that will thrill you to the end. The main characters are well developed and interesting; the villains, terrifying and believable. I couldn't put it down and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read.

Meg Gardiner is an American author who was born in Oklahoma and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School. Gardiner practiced law in Los Angeles and later taught writing classes at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has written five other novels in her Evan Delaney series. She is currently living near London with her husband and three children.

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